A comedy? About cancer? That doesn’t seem like very good taste!
Script writer Will Reiser and director Jonathan Levine have managed to create a wonderful film. It’s a kind of romantic-comedy-drama about a young man with a severe form of cancer. Rather than marginalise this terrifying subject, 50/50 works because the humour allows us to open our eyes and learn a little bit about the ordeal that so many people and their families go through.
Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard.
You can find more information on this U.S. movie on Wikipedia and IMDb.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Direction: Jonathan Levine
Screenplay: Will Reiser
Cinematography: Terry Stacey
Editing: Zene Baker
Score: Michael Giacchino
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston, Serge Houde, Andrew Airlie, Matt Frewer, Philip Baker Hall
Proof that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is easily one of the most adventurous and intelligent young actors of his generation, as witnessed by the likes of Hesher, Brick, and 500 Days of Summer. He also ranges between romantic comedy and darker roles. Not a lot of actors out there are taking risks like that (duds can ruin a reputation) but he does seem to be building up his skillset.
Now that is a film I would really love to watch!!! Cancer is seen as such a terrifying thing which I think adds to the problem. Why is it any worse than any other disease?? Because we are told it is. Anything which kills you is going to be scary!!! Seeing it through the eyes of humour might just be a way of minimising the fear and allowing people to maybe use it as a learning curve, a rather large one, or as one you have to allow to bring you down. laughter is the best medicine!!!
humor always helps…makes us step back from the brink…and exhale… 🙂
I seem to remember my parents getting a film about cancer with Seth Rogen in it…. Though I’m not sure this was the one. CURSE MY YOUNGER SELF THAT DIDN’T KNOW WHO JOSEPH GORDEN LEVITT WAS.
No need to curse yourself, Sweet Feet! The beauty of celluloid is that it usually hangs around. So get a copy and watch it. It’s a good film.